Palmetto outscored Sunset 49-0 in the first half after allowing a deep touchdown pass on the first offensive play of the game Thursday night at Southridge Park.
The final quarter and a half of the game was not played. Shortly after a lightning delay with 6:13 in the third quarter, both athletic directors decided to call the game final at 49-7 on time played.
“My wide receivers keep finding ways to get open and we were on the same page all night,” quarterback Hugh Lowson said.
Lowson led the Panthers (1-0) with four touchdown passes and 117 yards. Ivan Thomas caught three passes for 78 yards and a score. Kevin Schwartz had two receptions, both for touchdowns. Javier Rodriguez rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns.
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Eddie Williams blocked a punt and recovered the ball to score on a 22-yard return. The Panthers defense only allowed one Knights first down, intercepted two passes and recovered three fumbles.
The Sunset score came on its first offensive play of the season. Jamal Horne went deep to Kenyattis Lewis up the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown.
Last season, Palmetto also defeated Sunset (0-1) in a season opener. The Knights went on to win 10 in a row and make the playoffs following that loss. This season Sunset faces a tougher road ahead since most of the key players from last year’s team are no longer with the team.